OAKLAND, Calif. — Following Golden State’s stunning 124-117 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, Warriors forward Draymond Green conceded the team had at least gotten distracted by the possibility of winning 73 games and said the Warriors are ready for the regular season to be over.
Asked whether the Warriors had gotten caught up in the hype of possibly setting an NBA record for wins in a season, Green responded, “Honestly? Yes.” Then he corrected, “I wouldn’t necessarily say caught up in the hype.”
Green also said the Warriors are ready for this particular segment of the season to finish.
“It’s human nature to where, all right, kind of ready for the regular season to end,” Green said. “Talking 82 games, we get bored with that after awhile. And that’s no excuse, just, I’m always give it to y’all real, and that’s about as real as I can be. It’s kind of at a point now where you’re ready for the regular season to be over.”
Green continued, “Now, saying that, we got to be a better enough ballclub to continue to try to get better with these games and try and go into the playoffs the right way and not stumble in the playoffs, so, think that’s something we have to focus on. We got to try to finish out this regular season strong.”
To best the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins, the Warriors will have to win all of their remaining four games. Golden State’s next game is against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in Oakland.
Tuesday night’s loss was the Warriors’ second loss in their past three games and their second loss at home after Friday’s defeat to the Boston Celtics ended at 54-game home winning streak in the regular season.